Topic: Game of Numbers: President Jonathan increases troops in N’East to 20,000  (Read 856 times)

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In the bid to end the reign of terror in the North-Eastern part of the country, President Goodluck Jonathan has increased the number of troops in the region from 15,000 to 20,000.

The Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who disclosed this in a lecture delivered at a forum in London also confirmed that Boko Haram has killed more than 170 teachers in Borno this year. The text of the lecture was made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday.

The minister also disclosed that the nation loses more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day to international oil thieves working in alliance with criminal elements in Nigeria.

She said, “First on security, our military men and women are confronting an unprecedented challenge with courage and bravery. The president recently increased the number of troops that are in the North- East from 15,000 to 20,000.

“Regional cooperation on security has got better following a decision by neighbouring countries Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger, to each contribute a battalion of soldiers, to fight Boko Haram alongside Nigeria.

http://www.punchng.com/news/bharam-jonathan-increases-troops-in-neast-to-20000/

 

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